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Research management tools


Research management tools are suitable for
  • Communication and knowledge sharing
  • Information seeking, searching, and consolidation
  • Object sharing
  • Presentation and dissemination of information
  • Storing and managing information

Special considerations
  • Conflicting edits on shared items
  • Backups of online documents
  • Copyright

Benefits for your study and research
  • Use Connotea to keep track of your bookmarks on the web.
  • Zotero and Mendeley are almost a ‘one-stop shops’ for keeping track of your bibiliography and research notes. Use them to add links, keep notes, tag resources, compile bibliographies.
  • Improve your workflow and efficiency
  • Collaboration, group work, editing
  • Build resource repositories
  • Document version control and single storage location
  • Access across devices

Further reading

Sites, applications, and tools

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Productivity tools overview

Productivity tools are suitable for
  • Collaboration
  • Communication and knowledge sharing
  • Information seeking, searching and consolidation
  • Object sharing
  • Presentation and dissemination of information
  • Storing and managing information


Documents, slideshows, and spreadsheets

Word processing, calendars, to-do lists, dropboxes, and bookshelves on the web
  • No installation required
  • Create and edit documents as if you were using Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint
  • Access from anywhere, no more emailing documents to yourself, or putting documents onto a flash drive
  • Share documents and calendars for group editing or viewing, or keep things private
  • Import your existing documents from Word, Excel, PowerPoint or other applications
  • Create presentations and then share them with the world (or privately)
  • Add audio to create a webinar
  • Embed slideshows on your blog or website
  • Students can create and share presentations on class topics
  • Add a narrative to your presentation


Benefits for your study and research
  • Use documents for group writing and collaboration
  • Track and assess document development
  • Keep your slideshows and research writing on the web and thus accessible from anywhere with an internet connection
  • Get feedback on your slideshows on the web
  • Narrate your presentations.
  • Slideshows don’t have to be used only for oral presentations: they can be a powerful tool for visualisation. See the example below.


Sites, tools, and applications
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Dropboxes

  • Document drop-box and storage
  • Access files from anywhere
  • Collaborate
  • Edit documents and photos online
  • Password protect and ‘unshare’ documents
  • Edit documents and photos online



Benefits for your study and research
  • Effective information management
  • Set up a group account and share files easily between other students or research team members

Sites, tools, and applications
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To-do lists

  • Keep your to-do lists on the web
  • Access from anywhere
  • Set up due-dates
  • Check off items as you complete them

Benefits for your study and research
  • Co-ordinate to-do lists for group project management
  • Write up a to-do list for the completion of a task

Sites, tools, and applications
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Calendars

  • Keep your calendar or diary online.
  • Make it public or private by controlling what and how much people can see.
  • Get notifications of events.
  • Various views available: daily, weekly, monthly, etc.
  • Subscribe to other people’s calendars or make your own available for subscription.

Ideas for use with your study and research
  • Share your calendar with others.
  • Give students or others access to parts of your calendar (but keep your other stuff private, obviously!)
  • NOTE: Be careful about what information you publish to the wider world: you don’t want dodgy types being able to track your movements. You should only share calendars with people you trust and know personally.

Sites, tools, and applications

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Online bookshelves

  • Build reference lists and libraries
  • Share with others
  • Browse others' collections

Ideas for use with your study and research
  • Share lists of books you are reading
  • Use an online bookshelf as a resource repository
  • Write reviews of texts related to your research as part a note-taking strategy

Sites, tools, and applications

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Special considerations

  • Conflicting edits on shared items
  • Backups of online documents
  • Public calendars
  • Copyright